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post #1 of 4 Old Sep 8th, 2009, 7:25 pm Thread Starter
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Ken and the Top 10

Just a little summary of how Ken did compared with the other top 10 finishers based upon the IBR #’s to date.

A Little Background:
Seven of the top ten 2009 finishers also competed in the 2007 IBR, and four of these seven were 2007 Top 10. Two of the seven, Eric Jewell and Mike Hutsal, were among the six riders who switched from BMW in 2007, and both switched to Honda ST1300s. However, apparently both switched from BMW for reasons other than mechanical. In fact, Eric Jewell actually placed 5th in the 2007 IBR on his R1150RT, and Mike Hutsal DNF in 2007 due to a Leg 2 accident on his K1200GT. And, in an apparent display of brand loyalty, Chris Sakala, who DNF in 2007 due to a Leg2 final drive failure on his R1150GSA, switched to a R1200RT for 2009 and finished 4th.

The remaining three Top 10 2009 finishers are all rookies. These are Peter Behm (FJR1300), Bob Lilley (K1200LT), and Ken Meese (K1200GT). If Bob is a member of this forum, then he’s a very quiet member. But, given that he SHOULD be a member of this forum based on his K1200LT – then we’d have two forum members in the Top 10!

Ken vs Top 10:
To properly analyze this, one would have to reconstruct the bonus locations and route for each rider – wish I had access to the SPOT tracking data! But, can still look at the bonus locations that each rider completed. Included in the attached file is a new tab containing the bonus locations for the Top 10. This file is sorted by leg, location, and rider – so you can see which riders hit the same locations. What it doesn’t tell you is when they hit these locations.

Leg1:
Per the Day2 IBA Ride Report, Owen, Earls, Jewell, Sakala, Marbach, Hutsal, and Miller all planned their route to includeMartha’s Vineyard. These seven just happened to also finish Top 7. At the end of Leg1, Ken had 11,637 points (10th in Top 10, but 38th overall). The point spread for the Top 7 ranged from 16,629 – 14,120.

Leg2:
Ken had a great Leg2, scoring 40,807 points – 4th overall for the Top 10. This gave him a cumulative total of 52,444, good for 5th of the Top 10 (and 8th overall). The cumulative points for 1st thru 4th ranged from 62,438 – 53,472. Ken was ahead of three of the final Top 7 at this point (Hutsal, Marbach, and Miller)!

Leg3:
Ken‘s shifter broke costing him 4+ hours to repair and the scores reflected this - Ken scored 58,685 points in Leg3, 10th of Top 10 and 11th overall. The spread of the Top 7 was 78,166 – 71,092.

Overall Analysis:
There was only a 2,483 point difference in Leg1 between Ken and Rick Miller (rider with lowest Leg1 points who went to Martha’s Vineyard). Assuming Ken could have scored at least this well, these incremental points would have only been enough to move him into 8th place. To get into the Top 5 Ken would still have had to find an additional 8,409 points. I’m curious to know what re-routing Ken did after his 4 hour shifter repair.

This is incredible riding for Ken. One interesting stat is that Ken rode the fewest miles to achieve 9th Place (11,047 miles, scoring 111,129 points = 10.060 Proficiency) of all the Top 10 riders. For comparison, the winner Jim Owen rode the most miles (12,706 miles scoring 139,833 points = 11.005 Proficiency). Bob Lilley, in 8th Place, rode the second most miles (112,268 miles scoring 111,836 points = 9.116 Proficiency). Bob had to ride 1,221 more miles to score 707 more points than Ken. This shows in the overall Proficiency Ranking, where Bob Lilly is 36th and Peter Behm, the other rookie was 30th. Ken was 9th in Proficiency overall. With single digit Proficiency like the other Top 10 veteran riders, it’s clear that Ken should have been the top rookie (if not for the shifter), and, will no doubt be a serious threat the next time he competes.

Very impressive, Ken!
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Re: Ken and the Top 10

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The remaining three Top 10 2009 finishers are all rookies. These are Peter Behm (FJR1300), Bob Lilley (K1200LT), and Ken Meese (K1200GT). If Bob is a member of this forum, then he’s a very quiet member.
Bob is a member - "BobbyLT" joined 2006 with 18 posts - last being December 2008.

Way to ride the piss out of that LT!

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Thanks for the info. Ted. I am very impressed with what Ken did. I have never had any interest in rallies before but now that I have followed one I now understand how difficult they are.

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Re: Ken and the Top 10

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Bob is a member - "BobbyLT" joined 2006 with 18 posts - last being December 2008.

Way to ride the piss out of that LT!

Loved the way ya said it.. Ride thu piss outa it...

COngrats to Ken, Bobby all the others, as I am not sure if I could even get off the bike after that many miles..

Great stats on these guys... Ken used the GPS and noggin quite well.. DId he use duct tape? J/K!
but inquiring minds want to know

On those that didnt make it, for whatever reason... a moment...

These guys did or attempted what most would dream of.. even if there was a little torture involved...

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